Federal Procurement: A $9.5 billion business in WIsconsin

In 2009, federal procurement contracts (the purchase of goods and services by the federal government) totaled $551 billion.

Wisconsin’s share was $9.5 billion, ranking 17th among the fifty states and 16th on a per capita basis. For comparison, Minnesota businesses were awarded $4.8 billion in federal contracts in 2009.

To provide some context, travelers spent an estimated $12.0 billion in Wisconsin in 2009, according to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

While travel expenditures are spread across the state, federal procurement is much more concentrated. In fact, one Wisconsin county accounted for almost two-thirds of the $9.5 billion in federal procurement dollars spent in Wisconsin in 2009.

QUESTION: What Wisconsin county received 66 percent of the total federal procurement dollars awarded in Wisconsin in 2009?

A. Milwaukee
B. Dane
C. Winnebago
D. Kenosha


C. Winnebago

Winnebago County accounted for 66.0 percent of the $9.5 billion in federal procurement dollars spent in Wisconsin in 2009.

How can that be?

The Federal Procurement Data System lists Oshkosh Corporation, headquartered in Winnebago County, as the tenth largest federal contractor in the U.S. with FY 2009 sales of $6.3 billion to the U.S. government. Milwaukee County and Dane County were a distant second and third with 2009 sales to the federal government of $669 million and $325 million respectively.

Sources: Consolidated Federal Funds Reports are available at: http://www.census.gov/govs/cffr/ . The Federal Procurement Data System is accessible at: https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/index.php/reports

For questions, contact Bill Pinkovitz